ATP ROME: First Masters SF for Zverev. Rain halts Djokovic and del Potro- View: 3173 by Jovica Ilic
In their first ever meeting, 20-year-old Alexander Zverev bested the 5th seed Milos Raonic 7-6 6-1 to reach his first Masters 1000 semi-final in a career. This was already his 13th Masters 1000 win of the season and he is the first U20 player in the semi-final of the tournament of this level since Novak Djokovic in Madrid 2007, almost 10 years ago! German served at 77% and despite losing his serve in the worst moments in the first set, he was the better player on the court, outplaying Raonic in the rallies and in serve department (6 double faults from Canadian).
He also grabbed 46% of the return points, breaking Milos 4 times from 5 chances to notch a straight sets triumph. Sascha drew first blood in game 7 when he broke at 15 but Milos pulled the break back immediately in the next game, leveling the score at 4-4.
The youngster got in front again in game 11, breaking for the second time to serve for the opener, only to lose his serve yet again, as Raonic somehow reached the tie break. There, Zverev scored 2 mini-breaks for a 7-4, and this gave him a huge boost before the rest of the match.
It was all about him in set number 2, he dropped 3 points in 4 service games to keep the pressure on Raonic, and Milos couldn't deal with it, getting broken in games 4 and 6 to drop the last 5 games of the match, as Alexander advanced to the last 4 in style.